Despite the fact that there are far too many reviews of the Kings of Leon describing what other bands they sound like, I fear I am going to have to do the same. The vocalist switches around vocal styles a little bit, but nothing new ever comes out. He does surprise us with some vocals that sound spot on like Mick Jagger, other times like Howlin' Wolf, and sometimes just like Forrest Gump. These changes are often refreshing, but sometimes we are left with nothing but mumbling which really holds back the track. That reminds me that the tracks are filled with really marvelous instrumentation. And it is true that it all does sound a LOT like Lynyrd Skynyrd and/or the Allman Brothers Band. Particularly the introductions to the songs sound like these classic rockers. Then the songs delve into more Strokes-like arrangements. One must notice that these guys borrow a lot of music from a lot of older bands, and it is boring to read yet another review stating this, but it is true, they really do only borrow other styles. There is nothing truly new or satisfyingly unique about this band. The Kings of Leon have no sound of their own (yet). And yet, I lent this album to a coworker and he was surprised at how it set his toes to tappin'. It is a rocking album and in these bleak times, we have to appreciate this kind of music for what it is. After all, it is 2003, so we aren't hearing many albums with tight, concise solos kept in their place in a song structure and yet rising to blistering, pinwheeling levels in your head before cutting short and returning to a verse. It's a good one to own if you are going to purchase something new.